National, Regional and Local Conferences organised by the Sea of Faith Network (UK)

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Sea of Faith (UK) 25th Annual Conference 2012

University of Leicester, 13 - 15 July

WORK & WORTH

Femi Oyebode, Professor of Psychiatry , University of Birmingham

Harriet Bradley, Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol
Martin Morgan, Consultant Occupational Therapist
Tony Windross, author of The Thoughtful Guide to Faith

Don Cupitt, Life President of Sea of Faith and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Edited transcripts of the conference talks can be found in Sofia no.105

Further details of these and earlier conferences can be found on the conference page of the Sea of Faith website

Sea of Faith (UK) 24th Annual Conference 2011

University of Leicester, 13 - 15 July

BRAIN, BELIEF AND BEHAVIOUR

The subject of the conference was religion and psychology, getting to the heart of our understanding and appreciation of religion as a human creation, the evolution of our brains, and our behaviour as the earth's most intelligent species.

Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick, Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, and writer and presenter of "God and the Scientists", part of the 2009 Channel 4 Series "Christianity: A History"

Gwen Griffith-Dickson, Director of the Lokahi Foundation research institute, Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Gresham College and Visiting Professor at Kings College, London.

Alan Allport, former Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, currently reinventing himself as a field naturalist. He is passionately concerned about the future of humanity in a warmer world.

Edited transcripts of the conference talks can be found in Sofia no.101

Sea of Faith (UK) 23rd Annual Conference 2010

University of Leicester, 27 - 29 July

RELIGION AND JUSTICE

Maryam Namazie, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

Kumi Naidoo, Executive, Director of Greenpeace International

Julian Baggini, Philosopher and Journalist

Don Cupitt, Life President of Sea of Faith and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Edited transcripts of the conference talks can be found in Sofia no. 97

Sea of Faith (UK) 26th Annual Conference 2013

University of Leicester, 23 - 25 July

FOR THE COMMON GOOD

Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey, Director of the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment and author of Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet (Earthscan, 2009)

Alom Shaha, Science teacher, writer, broadcaster and film maker, and author of The Young Atheist's Handbook – lessons for living a good life without God (Biteback, 2012)

Chris Howson, Chaplain at the University of Sunderland and author of A Just Church – 21st century Liberation Theology in Action (Continuum, 2011)


Edited transcripts of the conference talks can be found in Sofia no.109


Sea of Faith (UK) 27th Annual Conference 2014

University of Leicester, 18 - 21 July

MAKING CONNECTIONS

Derek McAuuley, Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. He takes the view that "Unitarianism and Free Christianity, from its position on the boundary, can be a bridge between people of different faiths and none"

Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society, Keith has been described as "a radical activist in a business suit". He has raised the campaigning profile of the NSS both nationally and internationally.

Pippa Evans, Comedian and co-founder of the Sunday Assemblies, she tells us how the Sunday Assemblies started, about the successes they had and the problems they faced and how to develop an assembly to conclude the conference.

Edited transcripts of the conference talks can be found in Sofia no.113

A recording of this Conference (CDs and a DVD of highlights) is available

SoFiC Day Conference 2012

Kensington Unitarians' Essex Church, London, 10 March

BEING CHURCH - on a rising tide?

Sea of Faith in the Churches (SoFiC) is a special interest group within the Sea of Faith Network that explores the interface between churches and SoF, and is open to anyone who is interested. It provides a meeting place for those SOF members (and their friends) who find themselves in the midst of, or hovering on the edge of, the Christian Church.

Brian Mountford, Vicar, University Church, Oxford; Fellow, St Hilda's College; author of Christian Atheist: Belonging without Believing

Tony Windross, Vicar, Hythe, Kent; author of The Thoughtful Guide to Faith

Richard Hall, former Curate, Holy Trinity, Eastbourne; emeritus Head of Religion, King Edward VI School, Southampton.

Edited transcripts of the conference talks can be found in Sofia no.104


Sea of Faith (UK) 28th Annual Conference 2015

University of Leicester, 23 - 25 July

OUT OF OUR MINDS - What can offer towards a healthier world?

David Boulton is an author, journalist and broadcaster. His early work in broadcasting as Editor of "World in Action" and as head of Granada Television's Drama Documentary Unit won him the Royal Television Society's Cyril Bennett Award for "creative services to broadcasting " in 1981. David has written for many publications including The Guardian, The Observer, New Internationalist, New Humanist, Sofia and several Quaker journal, exploring the interface between humanism and progressive Christianity -He is both a Quaker and a Humanist and is founded the Nontheist Friends Network.

Andy Pakula is an non-theistic Unitarian minister. He is the minister of New Unity, a Unitarian congregation located in north London, which has grown over the past decade to become one of the largest, most vital congregations in the British Unitarian movement. Andy was born in New York where he grew up in a secular Jewish family. He has a doctorate in biology and a Master's degree in business administration both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked in biotechnology both in science management and business development.

Edited transcripts of the conference talks can be found in Sofia no.113

A recording of this Conference (CDs and a DVD of highlights) is available

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London Day Conference 2013

St John’s Church, Waterloo, London, 21 September

SECULAR RELIGION - an oxymoron or the future?

Stephen Batchelor, British author, teacher, and scholar, writing books and articles on Buddhist topics and leading meditation retreats throughout the world.

Don Cupitt, English philosopher of religion and scholar of Christian theology, Life Fellow of Emmanuel College and prolific writer, broadcaster and commentator.

Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh from 1986 and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1992 until 2000 and  now regarded as one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in the Church, having taken an agnostic worldview, commenting widely on issues concerning religious belief in the modern world.

SoFiC Day Conference 2015

Kensington Unitarians' Essex Church, London, 10th October

CHURCH GOING FORWARD

Sea of Faith in the Churches (SoFiC) is a special interest group within the Sea of Faith Network that explores the interface between churches and SoF, and is open to anyone who is interested. It provides a meeting place for those SOF members (and their friends) who find themselves in the midst of, or hovering on the edge of, the Christian Church

This conference focused on areas of the church’s work which are undergoing change.  We asked how these changes appear from a non-realist Sea of Faith perspective and about the impact on the CoE of women’s leadership and the involvement of the church in our hospitals and in end of life car

The main speaker was the Revd Meg Burton - hospital chaplaincy has changed beyond recognition since last century. Revd Meg Burton, long-time hospital chaplain and co-editor of the international Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy has been in the vanguard of these developments and described the current model. Meg was the chaplain member of the working group that, in response to concerns about the Liverpool Care Pathway, devised new protocols for end-of-life care.

Sea of faith (UK) 31st Annual Conference 2018

University of Leicester, 23 - 25 July

THE NECESSITY OF HOPE

Professor Richard Norman & Doctor Anthony Carroll. The title of their talk was "Hope, Faith and Redemption"

Dinah Livingstone's talk was entitled "Hope for Humanity - A Theology of Liberation and the Beautiful City".

Transcripts of these presentations are available in the September 2018 issue no 129 of Sofia

Sea of faith (UK) 32nd Annual Conference 2019

University of Leicester, 23 - 25 July

IS THAT ALL THERE IS?

Ernie Rea, presenter of Radio 4's discussion series "Beyond Belief".  His talk was called "My Journey of Faith".

Avril Robarts. Her presentation was entitled "This and That: A life of perplexed practice with emphasis on Indian tradition".

Stephen Williams, former Deputy Chief Probation Officer for the West Midlands. Topic: "Justice Through the Looking Glass".

Sea of faith (UK) 30th Annual Conference 2017

University of Leicester, 25 - 27 July

BEING HUMAN

Can our feelings of compassion, empathy, ethics, mortality, survive in the face of the increasing and seemingly dehumanising pressures and demands of the IT age?

Richy Thompson:   Campaigning for Being Human

Abbey Day:    Believing in Being Human

Dilwar Hussain:   Being Human: Moving beyond Identity Politics

Transcripts of these presentations are available in the September 2017 issue no 125 of Sofia




Transcripts of the main talks have been published in the September issue (no. 125) of our 'sofia' magazine

London Day Conference 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017, St John's Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD - Religion as Poetry and Story?

Mark Oakley — Canon-Chancellor, St Paul's Cathedral: “Believing in Poetry”

Salley Vickers — novelist and poet: "Connections between Art, Literature, Psychology and Religion."

Dinah Livingstone — Poet, publisher & translator and editor of Sofia: "Shining - Poetry and Theology as Sister Arts"

A Conference DVD recording is available from Chris Avis.

Transcripts of Mark Oakley's and Dinah Livingstone's talks were published in issue no. 124 of Sofia.

Salley Vicker's talk was published in  issue no 126.



Transcripts of the main talks have been published in the September issue (no. 125) of our 'sofia' magazine

Sea of faith (UK) 29th Annual Conference 2016

University of Leicester, 21 - 23 July

RELIGION - WHERE NEXT?

John Breadon, Assistant Chaplain at Eton College: "I was religious but now I'm..."

Denise Cush, Professor of Religion and Education, Bath Spa University: "I'm not religious but..."

Andrew Brown, Minister of the Unitarian Memorial Church, Cambridge: "The freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today"

Professor Cush's and Doctor Breadon's transcripts are now available in Sofia no.121.

Andrew Brown's transcript is on his personal blog.


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